Thursday, November 17, 2011

Reading Exchange: #2

In a post on November 8th I talked about an exchange my class was going to do with a 2nd grade group in Michigan. My students read an excerpt from their favorite children's book.  The 2nd grade students then listened to the audio and created their own illustrations.  Erin Klein, author of Kleinspiration, was kind enough to make a video of her students drawings.  I am being honest when I say that my 6th grade students were grinning from ear to ear watching the video!  They though it was really neat to see how their audio had been translated.  To see for the yourself, watch the video below.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

3-2-1 Read!

Today the kids were assigned to complete a 3-2-1 during reading.  The 3-2-1 stands for the following:
3 interesting or challenging vocab words need to be defined; 2 questions that the reader may have about a particular scene or piece of dialogue; 1 prediction.  All of the previously mentioned items are recorded on post-it notes and kept in their novels.  During our next Reader's Workshop the students will form small groups and share their findings.
The 3-2-1 assignment is a great way to further engage students with their books.  Many times they just skim over challenging vocab words, or decide not to think about why an event occurs in their book.  The 3-2-1 method keeps them on task and provides opportunity for critical thinking.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Reading Exchange!

Recently I contacted friend/colleague Erin Klein.  She is the author of Kleinspiration and also teaches second grade in Michigan.  I thought it would be a lot of fun to have our students collaborate in some way.  So, the two of us decided on a small reading project.  First, the students in my class created a podcast of themselves reading an excerpt from a picture book of their choice (By the way, they had more fun reading these books than any other this year!) We used Audacity to complete the podcasts.  Then, each student posted the audio to their blog.  Click here to listen in.
Mrs. Klein will now have her students listen to the podcasts and create a picture based on what they hear.  She will be discussing the concept of imagery with them.  My students and I are waiting in anticipation to see what the second grade students create!